Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hey, Chick!

I got a free digi stamp of this adorable chick from From the Heart Stamps and decided to try him in two colors. I added the words and clouds and some doodling on the images. He does come with some phrases. Can you believe this was free? So stinkin' cute!


I used my favorite Prismacolor Pencils while watching Poldark on PBS...I'm a big fan of historical fiction, even in tv form! If there's a manor house, a cloak, a carriage or someone saying, "Forsooth," I'm in.


I think I like the blue chick best...but you can't go wrong when the image is cute to start with!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark



Monday, October 16, 2017

Nuvo Copper Flakes Make a Fancy Pumpkin

I bought a white pumpkin from Michael's last year and decided to fancy it up a bit. I used some tacky glue spread out on the top and then attached copper flakes to the glue. After that, I added some rhinestone swirls in autumn colors. They have a lot of flourish/leaf rhinestone options over at Prima Marketing.


If you like the idea of trying the new Nuvo Gilding Flakes, you can get some at a2z Scrapbooking and use my code CHARK15 to get 15% off your cart of $25 or more. You can see some more projects I made with the copper flakes here at a2z.


Happy Monday!
Chark



Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the Thirteenth...da da DAAA!

Okay, that last bit of the title is like the organ that always plays when things go bad. Like in this video...don't know what happened to the kitty, but likely it was something bad that happened on Friday the Thirteenth!


Now that we got that bit of drama out of the way, I want to share with you a scrap layout I did of my family. This picture is from the 1940's...about '45 maybe. My mom's in there with her nieces and nephews (who were about her age since she had sibs 20 years older), sibs and parents. I love vintage pics of my family...they're just cool to see and think hey, there they are young and living their lives and I'm 23 years in the future :)


The family name is Sipos (both of my grandparents are from Hungary) and apparently it's a pretty common last name, which means doing family research is a little tricky. My grandfather was a farmer and coal miner and this is out on their farm. My mom used to climb the apple tree and read in the tree...she walked across the fields to see her brother and his family because their farmlands touched. There's a cousin in the front that my mom rescued one day from drowning. They were all looking into a trough of some kind and when mom looked down, she saw something weird in the water...she grabbed it as she realized it was hair...attached to her little niece, Betty Lou. She had just slipped under the water without a sound. And that's how Betty Lou came to be in this picture a few years later :) My mom is the second from the right in the back row. Betty Lou is the short one in the front with dark hair. She goes by Betty now, but my mom still calls her Betty Lou.


And just so you don't think I've forgotten to color, here's my latest little obsession...the stickers from The Sweet Stamp Shoppe. Their images are adorable and they were having a sale awhile back, so I got a few of these to use for cards/layouts. Adorable, right?


Okay, friends, I'm off to do things today...all the things!


This is a little takeoff from Allie Brosh's book called Hyperbole and a Half. I think she's hilarious.

Happy Friday!
Chark






Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Let's Decorate a Cake

So yesterday was Cake Decorating Day and since I love me some cake...we have a post here to celebrate it! First, I love the idea of cake decorating but my ideas and my talent don't always match up. Sure I made a rose or two in Wilton class at Jo Ann Fabrics...and even an icing clown or two, but really, I just have great ideas and then struggle to make them happen.

I love watching the baking and cupcake decorating tv shows, mostly because it awes me. They say what they're going to make and actually pull it off most of the time! This cake for my son (7 years ago) came out pretty much as I imagined it but not as neat as I'd have liked. The judges on the cake shows would say, "delicious cake, just-right colors but it's a little messy on the presentation." At least that's what I imagine they'd say.


I baked a 9" square cake and a 9x13" cake and mini loaf cakes. The head is half the square, the body is the 9x13 and the arms are the loaf cakes. I just cut the top of the head and hands from the leftover cake. I used two mixes for this one. Luckily, my son was happy with it. The eyes and mouth are melted chocolate piped on.

Here's a sandwich cake he wanted a couple of years later. He wanted it to look like a sandwich because one of his video games has a character who says "sandvich" it a lot. It's a white cake with the brown edge trimmed off and lots of different icings and some Starburst candies shaped into tomatoes. The olive is a gumdrop.


Now onto something really good...CakeWrecks. If you've never seen this site, it's a classic actual lol site with "professional" cakes that really miss the mark.

Here's one cake that is supposed to be Halloween and Spongebob together. Click the link here to see her whole post on Halloween cakes. 


And here's some amazing actual cake decorating. I mean, c'mon, these people deserve a prize! I do not think I could cut into this one...how about you?


And lastly, here's a little cake digi stamp that I think I'm gonna have to get...she's soooo cute! And just $4!


Happy Wednesday!
Chark





Monday, October 2, 2017

Hero Arts Makes You Go Wild

Today I'm up over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog to duel with Leslie. Okay, we didn't bring swords, but we did use the same digi and came up with two very different cards. If you're looking for inspiration, you can check them both out here.

The digital Go Wild set is the prize for the random challenge winner this month at a2z...the challenge theme for October is watercolor and you can use ANY products. If you win the random draw plus use Hero Arts, you will win the digi and a $20 gift code to the store.

Here's my card. Head to a2z to see Leslie's.


And don't forget, my blog readers and close, personal friends get to use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off their $25+ cart. 

Ooooh, I have to tell you, too, that this coming weekend is World Cardmaking Day and a2z Scrapbooking is planning to join in the celebrating with some fun....hope you'll join us on October 7th (Saturday)!


Happy Monday!
Chark


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Winter Queen

I got this digital stamp for free from Kit and Clowder and though I didn't take a coloring class with it, I have taken some of their classes (pencils) and I think this came out great. She seemed like a Winter Queen so I decided even her hair and skin should be icy blue.

I love the sparkle from the Silver Stickles and rhinestones for her crown. It's a beautiful stamp. I trimmed it and put it on some Christmas paper and added rhinestone stars. I think it's a perfect pair!


Here's a close-up of the glitter!



Thanks, Kit and Clowder! 
Happy Friday!
Chark